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Walking with Cavemen: First Ancestors
Maidentrip
Requiem for the American Dream
Blue Planet II Coral Reefs
Journey to Space
The Making of Jurassic Park
Hitchcock/Truffaut
Is Privacy Dead
Amazing Ocean
The Rolling Stones
Turtle Power The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Revelation of the Pyramids
The Outer Planets
Travels with Vasari 2
The Mystical North
Food Inc
Awake The life of Yogananda
Clash of the Gods: Odysseus II
Deep Sea
How the Solar System was Made
David Attenborough Meets President Obama
Bush and Clinton: Squandered Peace in New World Order
Behind Closed Doors
Neanderthal 2
Into The Mind
Project Nim
I Am Bruce Lee
The Science of Doctor Who
Samsara
Roads to Revolution
Courtship
Sea Monsters
De Palma
Doc of the Dead
Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here
Tales by Light Adrenaline

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Cooked: Earth
Cooked: Earth 2016

All cooking is transformation, and in that sense, it's miraculous, it's alchemy. But of all the different transformations we call cooking, fermentation is the most miraculous and the most mysterious. And that's because it doesn't involve any applied heat at all. Discover how microbes help turn raw ingredients into delicacies like chocolate and cheese as Pollan tackles the mysterious process of fermentation.

Category:Culture  Duration:51:17   Series: Cooked

Growing
Growing 1994

The second episode is about how plants gain their sustenance. Sunlight is one of the essential requirements if a seed is to germinate, and Attenborough highlights the cheese plant as an example whose young shoots head for the nearest tree trunk and then climb to the top of the forest canopy, developing its leaves en route. Using sunshine, air, water and a few minerals, the leaves are, in effect, the "factories" that produce food. However, some, such as the begonia, can thrive without much light. To gain moisture, plants typically use their roots to probe underground. Trees pump water up pipes that run inside their trunks, and Attenborough observes that a sycamore can do this at the rate of 450 litres an hour — in total silence. Too much rainfall can clog up a leaf's pores, and many have specially designed 'gutters' to cope with it. However, their biggest threat is from animals, and some require extreme methods of defence, such as spines, camouflage, or poison. Some can move quickly to deter predators: the mimosa can fold its leaves instantly when touched, and the Venus flytrap eats insects by closing its leaves around its prey when triggered. Another carnivorous plant is the trumpet pitcher that snares insects when they fall into its tubular leaves. Attenborough visits Borneo to see the largest pitcher of them all, Nepenthes rajah, whose traps contain up to two litres of water and have been known to kill small rodents.

Category:Nature  Duration:49:00   Series: The Private Life of Plants

 
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